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Gronk Best Dancer In NFL, LiAngelo Available For NBA

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Many in the sports world have been speculating whether Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft is concerned that tight end Rob Gronkowski will retire this year. After Gronk’s now famous “dance off” with Shaquille O’Neal over the weekend at the debut of Shaq’s Fun House in Miami, Kraft was thrilled with Gronk’s athleticism and said, “I must say, I sort of got excited seeing him vault up on Shaq’s shoulders. For a guy that size to be able to hop up on a 7-foot-2-inch, or whatever Shaq is, is pretty cool. So, that speaks well about his potential athletic moves this coming year.’’ When Gronk does retire, he says wants to win “Dancing with the Stars” and that he’s “the best dancer in the NFL.”

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LiAngelo Ball, the former UCLA player who was involved in a shoplifting scandal in China and is currently playing in Lithuania with his younger brother LaMelo, has indicated he’ll be available for the NBA draft this year. LiAngelo seems to be playing well in Lithuania, but it’s unclear whether NBA teams will be interested in him.

 

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AAF Debut, NFL’s Definition Of Catch, Dinosaurs Pets Of Big People, Greeny’s New Show “Get Up”

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Alliance of American Football (AAF) will debut February 9th, 2019. The 8-league team will run for 10 weeks. According to co-founder Bill Polian, AAF will be a feeder to the NFL, as the games will take place during the NFL off-season. Troy Polamalu, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety and now head of the AAF’s player relations, said, “I think this will be complementary to the NFL.” AAF will look very different from a regular NFL game as the new League eliminated the kickoff and extra point, and the team scoring a touchdown will get the ball back.

The NFL announced a new definition of a catch. The new rule will clarify what has become a controversial issue in many games (including in this year’s Super Bowl). Slight movement of the football in a receiver’s hands will constitute a catch, and the “going to the ground” rule (where a player who has caught the ball and is falling to the ground will need to maintain control of the football while on the ground) will be eliminated.

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Boston Celtics Guard, Kyrie Irving, had the sports world buzzing last year when he spoke about this “flat earth theory”, and now for some more wacky news, Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Jordan Clarkson claims dinosaurs existed but were the pets of bigger people. “So, I think it was bigger people in the world before us, and, like, the dinosaurs was their pets.”

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For all ESPN “Mike and Mike” fans, April 2nd at 7;00 ET marks the long-awaited debut of Mike Greenberg’s new show. For a behind the scenes look at “Get Up”, featuring Greenberg, Michele Beadle and Jalen Rose, check out their new twitter account.

 

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Jalen Hurts Pays Off Bet To Barkley In Style, Sherman To Be Released, Curry’s Ankle

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Football season is over, but it’s never too late to pay off a bet. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts recently paid off a well-known bet against former Auburn basketball star (the legendary Charles Barkley), but not without adding his own flair. Alabama lost the rivalry game against Auburn (known as the Iron Bowl), but went on to win every game the rest of the season including the National Championship. Watch the clip to see how Hurts had fun and paid off his bet at the same time.

Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks’ pro-bowl cornerback, expects to hear soon that he’s been released. Sherman turns 30 on March 30th and has been dealing with an injury to his Achilles. The Seahawks are the only team Sherman has played with in his 7 years in the NFL. There’s lots of speculation as to where he’ll end up.

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The Golden State Warriors were cruising through the regular season with high hopes for the post-season. Now, with Steph Curry out with recurring ankle issues (the 4th injury since beginning of December), the team might not be so confident, especially looking at the Houston Rockets’ 17-game win-streak. The team doesn’t appear too concerned yet, however, as they have a history of their other superstars (Kevin Durant and Draymond Green) stepping up.

 

 

 

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DeRozan And Kevin Love Admit To Depression, Rockets Streak Continues, McCaffrey Saves Life

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Last week Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan gave an interview about his mental health issues and how he has had to deal with bouts of depression. DeRozan’s admission influenced Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love to admit he had a panic attack during a game this season and now sees a therapist to deal with any issues that arise. His message to his colleagues and fans was, “So if you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through. Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do. It was for me.”

The Houston Rockets streak continues with a win Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder, They’ve now recorded their 16th straight victory. This is the franchise’s longest streak since they won 22 games in the first quarter of 2008.

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Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey (son of Denver legend Ed McCaffrey), his brothers and a friend are credited with saving a man’s life last weekend while hiking in Colorado. Dan Smoker Sr fell while hiking with his 13-year old grandson Eli. The McCaffrey group saw the fall and immediately rushed to the 72-year-old Smoker Sr. They called 911 and gave him chest compressions until paramedics survived. According to reports, Smoker Sr is in critical but stable condition, and according to the family, the McCaffrey’s saved his life.

 

 

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National Signing Day, Mom Walks Out, Wilson To Yankees, Girardi Joins MLB

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With new rules allowing for an early signing period in December, Wednesday’s National College Signing Day didn’t provide the same excitement as in year’s past. At the end of the day, the following teams were ranked in the top ten for their recruitment classes: Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame.  The most cringe-worthy moment of the day came when receiver Jacob Copeland chose the Florida Gators while his mom (sitting right next to him in an Alabama shirt and Tennessee hat) walked out, clearly looking disappointed. She eventually came back to hug her son, but as one ESPN reporter noted, “she took the attention away from her son on his big day”.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will join the New York Yankees training camp this spring. No, he’s not retiring from football, but he used to be a baseball player and has always said his dream was to play for the Yankees. Many believe this is just a publicity stunt, but even if it is, Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman admitted, “This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession.”

In other Yankee news, former manager Joe Girardi joined MLB Networks as a studio analyst. Girardi won 4 World Series rings (three as a player and one as a manager). The Yankees let him go after 10 seasons with the team, but even though Girardi will now be in studio, he still hopes to get back on the field some day as a manager.

 

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Alabama Wins National Title With Freshman QB In Game For Ages, After Win OL Proposes To Girlfriend

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If you fell asleep at halftime during the College Football Playoff National Championship between Georgia and Alabama, no one would have blamed you. The game was boring. Georgia was ahead 13-0 and looked like they weren’t going to lose their lead. What happened after the half, however, will go down in the history books. To everyone’s surprise, Alabama coach Nick Saban replaced quarterback Jalen Hurts with a true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa who threw three touchdowns (the last one a bomb to a wide open DeVonta Smith in overtime). Watch this play, it’s incredible. For Saban to replace his starter with a backup with little experience will go down as one of the most daring and bold moves in a championship game. After the game Saban said, “I thought Tua would give us a better chance and a spark, which he certainly did. I couldn’t be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity. We have total confidence in him.” In the last 10 years, the Crimson Tide has been in the National Title game 6 times and won 5! Alabama 26, Georgia 23.

There are all sorts of ways to celebrate a national title and Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman chose to propose to his girlfriend (who said yes) after the big win. Congrats!

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Georgia Vs Alabama In College Football National Championship, Hirings/Firings In NFL

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Monday’s College Football Playoff did not disappoint. First up was #3 Georgia against #2 Oklahoma. For the first time in Rose Bowl history, the game went into overtime with the score a whopping 45 to 45. Then after a field goal a piece, the game went into a second overtime. Oklahoma attempted another field goal during their first possession, but Lorenzo Carter jumped up and deflected the kick. All it would take is a field goal or any combination of points for Georgia to win. On the next drive, Georgia’s Sony Michel ran the ball into the end zone for the win. The Bulldogs earned the right to compete in the National Championship. Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48.

In the Sugar Bowl, #4 Alabama took on former National Champion #1 Clemson. The game was relatively unexciting, as Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage the entire night and handily won 24-6. The Crimson Tide will face Georgia on January 8th at 8:00 pm.

Now that the NFL regular season is over, vacancies are opening up for coaches and general managers. As of Monday, more than there were at least six coaching vacancies. In a particularly touching and tearful goodbye, Bruce Arians retired as Cardinals head coach after 5 seasons, because he wants to spend more time with his family. He tearfully said, “I will miss the game….it’s been a great ride”

In addition, Jim Caldwell from the Detroit Lions and John Fox from the Chicago Bears were fired as were Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio and Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano.

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Fantasy Owners Thank Gurley, College Football Semi-Final On New Years Day

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Fantasy football owners have LA Rams running back Todd Gurley to thank for their winning seasons. With 456 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last two games, many fantasy owners who had the foresight to draft Gurley clinched their titles. By way of thanks (and to show their holiday spirit), many of these owners have donated some of their winnings to a charity important to the football player, Shriners Hospitals for Children. After seeing the donations come in online from these fantasy owners, Gurley expressed his gratitude “Man, that was dope,” Gurley said. “That’s real cool, just seeing that on social media. It doesn’t matter what the money amount is — $10, $5, $25. Just to see that and people caring, that means a lot.”

The College Football Semi final will take place on New Year’s Day featuring #2 Oklahoma vs #3 Georgia at 5 pm ET (at the Rose Bowl) then at 8:45 pm ET, the Sugar Bowl will feature #1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama.  The winners will play for the National Championship on January 8th.

 

 

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Rookie Kuzma Leads Lakers, Longoria Traded, Brady’s Trainer Causing Friction

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The Houston Rockets 14 game consecutive winning streak (the 4th longest in franchise history) ended Wednesday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden did his best shooting 51 points and 9 assists, but Lakers’ rookie Kyle Kuzma was on fire with 38 points including seven 3-pointers. The rest of the team, including Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, came together to put on show and stop the mighty Rockets. Unfortunately for the Rockets, all-star Chris Paul left the game in the 4th quarter with a strained adductor. No word yet on the seriousness of the injury.  Lakers 122, Rockets 116.

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The San Francisco Giants made a big statement by trading to get star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Giants gave up one of their top prospects, infielder Christian Arroyo, in the trade. We’ll have to wait until next season to determine which team got the better deal.

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Tom Brady’s trainer has reportedly caused some friction with coach Bill Belichick. Belichick apparently doesn’t like Alex Guerrero’s “non-traditional” training techniques and questionable medical background. Brady credits Guerrero for keeping him in such great shape and has even made Guerrero his son’s godfather. Belichick wants only his medical staff treating the players so has rescinded some of Guerrero’s perks like traveling with the team and enjoying a sideline pass during games.

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Baker Mayfield Wins Heisman Trophy, Eagles Fear Wentz Tore ACL, Roethlisberger Makes History

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the latest recipient of the highest honor in college football, the Heisman trophy. Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, where he was also a walk-on. Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship this year and to the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs, where they’ll play Georgia on January 1st. Mayfield is the first player to win this prestigious trophy after starting his career as a walk-on (not to mention a double walk-on). Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said about him, “All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback [in high school]. All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback at Texas Tech, Oklahoma and to earn scholarships. When he’s had those chances in his life, he’s proven himself.” Congratulations!

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles fear their quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the second half of the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Wentz threw a touchdown immediately after he went down from the hit causing the issue to his left knee. The Eagles clinched a playoff berth but are concerned Wentz may be out for the rest of the season. Eagles 43, Rams 35.

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the top seed in the AFC North after their win over the Baltimore Ravens. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made NFL history after throwing his third game with over 500 passing yards. Steelers 39, Ravens 38.

 

 

 

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